Soft drinks can increase risk pf pancreatic cancer

A soft drinks vendor sits behind Pepsi soft drinks arranged in a pushcart in a New Delhi, India file photo from Aug. 6, 2003. (AP Photo/Aman Sharma, File)

February 8, 2010 10:19:05 AM PST
A new study says that people who drink two or more soft drinks a week have a much higher risk of pancreatic cancer.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota say high levels of sugar in soft drinks may be increasing the level of insulin in the body, which could contribute to pancreatic cancer cell growth.

Insulin, which helps the body metabolize sugar, is made in the pancreas.

People who drank fruit juice instead of sodas did not have the same risk.

The study can be found in the Journal "Cancer Epidemiology."